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Apple: no support for older video cards
Apple today announced that several ATI-equipped Macintosh computers will not ever be able to take advantage of OpenGL under Mac OS X. Computers with ATI Rage II+, Rage IIc, Rage Pro, Rage Pro Turbo, Rage LT Pro and Rage Mobility are affected; machines range from the Power Macintosh G3 to the iBook SE. It is likely that thousands of Macintosh users will be affected by this decision.
New Pogue book \"Mac OS X: The Missing Manual
Best-selling author David Pogue has published a new book entitled 'Mac OS X: The Missing Manual.' In the book, Mr. Pogue attempts to provide new Mac OS X users with a comprehensive look at the dozens of new features Apple has included. Chapter 2, 'Organizing Your Stuff,' is available online as a free sample. "The book should have been in the box." (Pogue Press/O'Reilly, US $24.95)
OS X: OS X 10.1.2 posted, Apple security util
osx.macnn.com has news of the OS X 10.1.2 update, Open Firmware Password 1.02, a new Audiogalaxy client, QuickTime Stream Server 4.0 preview 2, and other notes.
Metrowerks releases CodeWarrior Pro 7.1
Metrowerks has posted CodeWarrior Pro 7.1, a maintenance release that includes updates to the CodeWarrior IDE, MetroNub Plugin, Remote Debugger, Compilers, MSL, and project stationery.
Trash X 1.1 offers secure file deletion
Trash X v1.1, an update to the $7 shareware that can instantly delete or shred file and folders without sending them to the trash, now offers secure deletion (shredding) of files and folders.
Apple (finally) releases OS X 10.1.2
Apple has released OS X 10.1.2 via the Software Update control panel, which delivers improvements and new functionality, including updated and new USB and FireWire device support, including FireWire-based digital cameras; new PC Card storage device support, including media readers; IrDA modem support for FireWire-based PowerBook models; Audio, Display, and Speech improvements; Networking and Printing improvements as well as AirPort v2.0, Apache web server v1.3.22, and AppleScript v1.8 components. It is required for AppleScript Studio 1.0 to function.
Open Firmware Password 1.02 protects Macs
Apple has posted Open Firmware Password 1.02 for OS X 10.1 users, which allows you to enable security features in Open Firmware that can prevent others from starting your computer using a CD or other disk with an operating system on it:
"When you set a Firmware password, it prevents others from starting up the computer from a volume other than the one you have chosen as the startup disk (chosen in the Startup Disk preference panel within the System Preferences.) Once security is enabled, you cannot startup from other devices such as an external FireWire disk, a CD-ROM drive, or another partition or disk inside the computer."
Windows XP security bugs revealed
Yahoo! is reporting that Microsoft's new Windows XP, billed as the most secure Microsoft operating system ever, contains several flaws that allow hackers to take advantage of victim's computers. The vulnerabilities were discovered by three security researchers with eEye Digital Security Inc., led by Marc Maiffret. "This is very serious,'' Maiffret said, "[hackers] could reformat your hard-drive, record your keystrokes." Shares of Microsoft are down 4% today.
Official CrushFTP 3.0 documentation
Ben Spink has released official documentation for CrushFTP 3.0, a $25 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. CrushFTP uses CRC32 for verifying files, has a built in IRC bot and web searching.
Imation improves Verifi color matching tool
Imation has announced a new, enhanced profiling tool for Verifi Accurate Web Color, the company's tool for providing accurate color on the Web. Verifi is a server-based system that dynamically modifies color images to compensate for the differences inherent in the way monitors display color. The new version has an improved process for managing end-user configurations. Verifi is compatible with both Internet Explorer and Netscape on the Mac.
Limewire 2.0: Java-based Gnutella client upda
Limewire 2.0, a new version the Java-client for the Gnutella file sharing network, offers "swarm downloads" from multiple hosts, reduced bandwidth requirements, broader searches for rare content, improved chat functions, an auto-shutdown option, a simplified interface, better OS X support, iTunes integration, and other enhancements. A $6 "Pro" version removes all banner ads and bundled software from the freeware "Basic" version. [Classic, Carbon]
TypeIt4Me X enters public beta testing
Riccardo Ettore has released a public beta of TypeIt4Me X, a Carbon version of his $27 abbreviation expansion utility.
New USB barcode CCD scanner
P.O.S. Direct is shipping a new barcode CCD scanner with either a keyboard connector or USB interface. the "plug 'n play" CE1000 works with out drives and features a new CPU, new optics and a new ergonomic design. The PS/2 version is $125, while the USB version is $135.
Acrobat 5.0.5 includes OS X support
Adobe has posted Acrobat 5.05, which provides additional compatibility and fixes known issues, including support for Mac OS X and the latest versions of Microsoft Office.
Tech: Sony CEO, HP and Compaq, Motorola
Afternoon tech news: Sony's CEO fears that the full economic impact of September 11th's attacks will not be felt by many high-tech firms until early next year; Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer have issued a 50-page report defending their merger plans against attacks from shareholders; Motorola has signed a $95 million contract to provide mobile phone services in China.
Microsoft settlement approval delayed
Microsoft will have to wait until next month for a ruling on the proposed billion-dollar settlement of its alleged anti-trust violations. U.S. District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz said he will not decide until after Jan. 10 whether to endorse the settlement deal.
Analysts: Injunction won\'t hurt Adobe
ON24 reports that several analysts are holding their Adobe recommendations, saying that Tuesday's injunction barring the company from selling InDesign 1.5 won't hurt Adobe's bottom line. Shares of Adobe were down $.80 at mid-day, a change of under 3 percent. Adobe plans to ship InDesign 2.0 next month.
BBEdit 6.5.1 supports JSP, improves scripts
Bare Bones today released BBEdit 6.5.1, the latest version of its HTML and text editor. It offers language support for Java Server Pages (JSP), and an improved "bbedit" command-line tool, which allows BBEdit to be used as an external editor for Unix programs on Mac OS X. This update also incorporates improvements for running Unix scripts (such as Perl, Python and shell scripts), a scriptable "Preview as Text" command, and a simplified interface for choosing a default Mac OS API reference, as well as an assortment of other enhancements and fixes.
CompuCable ships 2 new USB KVMs
CompuCable is shipping two new USB KVM products, including simple manual USB+VGA 2-way switch (USBMS2-AB, $35) and "Power Reach mini ELITE USB KVM," an $90 active electronic USB+VGA 2-way KVM that supports video resolutions up to 1920 x 1440, and offers a built-in self-powered hub.
Troi Dialog Plugin 3.0: FileMaker plugin
Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.0 adds a flexible input dialog box, better dialog positioning, better input field control, and other parsing functions to the $40 developer plugin for FileMaker.
InterMapper 3.6b1: new probes, more features
Dartware has released the first beta-test version of InterMapper 3.6b1, its network monitoring and alerting software that monitors the servers, routers, switches and other devices on a network and can notify the network manager about problems via audible alerts, e-mail, pages, and cell-phone messages. It offers remote viewing of network maps, a new "outages" window, response time measurements, new SNPP probes, and separate log files. [Classic, Carbon]
ATI begins shipping Mobility Radeon 7500
ATI has begun shipping the Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics card for notebooks. The new chipset supports 128-bit DDR (double data rate) memory and extended battery modes for tasks like watching DVDs. Pricing for the chipset, which may or may not be included on future Apple portables, has not been disclosed.
Nielsen ranks Apple fifth in e-commerce
Nielsen//NetRatings has announced its rankings for the top e-tailers in the month of November. Apple came in fifth with 6.1 million unique visitors, while Amazon.com topped the charts with 31.5 million unique visitors.
Sputnix 0.4B: Audiogalaxy client for OS X
Sputnix 0.4B is an unsupported, unofficial "satellite" client for the music sharing website, Audiogalaxy. Version 0.4B offers an upload/download speed throttle, support for gold accounts, a new toolbar and search field, the ability to play partially downloaded songs, and improves performance.
QTTS 4 Preview 2 adds MP3/Icecast support
QuickTime Streaming Server 4 Public Preview 2 is a "trial, pre-release, time-limited software release [...] meant for evaluation and development purposes only." It adds administration enhancements, a new Setup Assistant, native hinted MPEG-4 streaming, QoS (quality of Service) enhancements, native MP3/Icecast streaming support, and UI improvements to the Playlist Broadcaster. It expires on March 15, 2002.
Startup Doubler 2.6.2 adds OS 9.2.2 support
Marc Moini's shareware ($20) startup acceleration utility, Startup Doubler 2.6.2, brings Mac OS 9.2.2 support. (It claims to be "most useful for pre-G4 Macs, where startup can be made 10% to 50% faster. Fast disks in new high-end Macs can't be accelerated much...") A trial version allows users to measure the time savings.
MP3 Rage 4.0: new features to MP3 tool set
Chaotic Software just released MP3 Rage 4.0, an update to its $25 set of MP3 tools that adds support for Perl 5-compatible regular expressions to create tags from files, the ability to normalize sound volumes while exporting to AIFF for CD burning, new ID3 involved people list tag information, ID3 sort name for easier sorting in MP3 players, and Windows-compatible MP3 file naming.
Picture-in-Picture X 1.0.1 for floating QT
Feelorium has released Picture-in-Picture X 1.0.1, a $12 QuickTime movie player that plays movies on an "always on top window" (i.e., "floating window"). Version 1.01 offers a new dock menu for application control and fixes a bug that caused a crash during window resizing.
Dr. Bott updates TiCases for new PBs
Dr. Bott has updated its TiCase ($400) and TiCase Plus ($540) for latest PowerBook G4. The new interior design support seither the new square power adapter or the original round model and also includes space for the iPod. The hard shell cases offer a brushed aluminum look, a combination lock, and a detachable cover, which allows you to use the TiBook while it is in the case using the special "Lift-o-Matic" rear pads.
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